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Symptoms and Treatment for Cutaneous Skin Tags

Cutaneous skin tags are a common sight in healthy people. They are harmless skin growths that appear mostly after middle age. They are also known as acrochordans or papillomas. Somehow this condition seems to appear more amongst women than in men. The skin tags appear out of the skin like an extended part of the body or with the skin hanging out. The skin bump is connected to the surface of the skin by a slender and elongated skin. These cutaneous skin tags are unremarkably painless and do not appear to develop or grow further. These skin tags are usually found in people who are obese as putting on weight influences their growth and in those who might have diabetes. The little skin protrusions are the only known symptoms to strike the skin. The patient otherwise is normal and healthy. Although there is no known theory that causes the growth of these skin appendages, it is believed amongst some medical scientists that elevation in hormones seen in pregnant women might be one of the reasons for formation of these tags.

Cutaneous skin tags are generally found in placed on body folds and can vary in appearance especially found on the crevices of the neck, in the armpits, etc. they appear as part of the skin and may sometimes have a darker hue than that of the skin. There is no known treatment to cure the skin condition. However there are methods used to get rid of them. Surgical methods of removing these skin tags involve cryotherapy and cautery. Some surgeons use finely curved surgical scissors or a sharp blade to nip them of the hanging skin of the stalk of the tag which is against the skin. Among home cures, one popular method is to tie up the slender stalk of the tag with a piece of sterilized thread or dental floss ad allow it to stay there till it falls off by itself after a few days.

The only reasons for removal would be cosmetic. Apart from that these tags may tend to get snagged by jewelry around the neck or clothing that can cause it to get ruptured and irritated. Such tags that have become red and inflamed or in some cases turn black may require removal to prevent an infection from occurring. On the whole cutaneous skin tags do not develop any kind of malignancy in the long run and can be safely ignored if it does not come under harm's way.